You Are

In our Hope & Health Workshop, H2 Ministry helps pastors discover how to reach their potential by being healthy in five key areas. The first area is individual health and that is what I'm excited to talk about today.

Psalm 139:13-15 says,

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

There are a number of things this passage says about each of us as individuals but I want to focus on three of them.

You Are Valuable

Your value doesn't come from your net worth. Your value doesn't come from the model of car sitting in your garage. In comes from the fact that God made you. He "knitted [you] together" within your mother and that is why you are valuable. The value of something comes from the person who made it. A Rembrandt is far more valuable than the water color pictures my children made when they were younger (although the latter are definitely treasures to me!). You are valuable because Creator God made you and everything about you. You are valuable just the way you are.

You Are Wonderful

Next, you are wonderful. Verse fourteen says, "Wonderful are your works" and that includes you and me. You are wonderful because God made every part of your body but He didn't stop there. Your personality and temperament, whether you are a people-person or introverted: all of these things and more were designed specifically by God to make you the unique person you are. Human creation is a beautiful mosaic, with all types of people and personalities within in. You are wonderful because of who He made you to be.

You Are Special

Do you think you are special? God does. Verse fifteen says you were "intricately woven in the depths of the earth." The detail of your creation shouts of how special you are. There has never been and never will be another person just like you. Your fingerprints alone point to the fact that you are a special creation of God.

But God didn't stop with your physical creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

You are also special because Jesus has made you brand-new in Him. You aren't the same person you used to be. You are now a new creation through Jesus.

So, who are you? You are valuable, wonderful, and special. When you start to focus on your accomplishments or failures, focus instead on everything God has already accomplished by making and then remaking you in Christ. That is who you are.